Easy True Stories A Picture-Based Beginning Reader (Level 2)

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-23
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL

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  • a monkey stealing your groceries as you walk down the street.


  • a person buying a shirt in a thrift store and finding thousands of dollars in the pocket.


  • a bride learning that her in-laws want $25,000 before her wedding can go on.


All of these stories are true! This new edition presents 20 new or updated human-interest stories are adapted from news sources all over the world. These captivating stories are told as simply as possible -- almost exclusively in the present tense -- and most stories are less than ½ page long. To see a sample unit, please go to pearsoneltusa.com/sampleunits.


Easy True Stories, Second Edition, by Sandra Heyer, is a companion book to All New Easy True Stories, which is at the same level but features all new stories and exercises. These two parallel readers give students the option of lingering at the low-beginning level. They can go back and forth between Easy True Stories and All New Easy True Stories, or they can complete first one book and then the other. Or teachers can use Easy True Stories one semester and All New Easy True Stories the next. That way, students who stay in a low-beginning class when their classmates move on to the next level can essentially repeat the class but with all new material. Combined, the two books offer 40 stories, giving teachers multiple opportunities to incorporate reading into their thematically-based instructional units.




  • First, students look at a series of 9 pictures while the teacher tells the story. This pre-reading step gives students a global understanding of the story before they read.


  • Next, students read the story.


  • Finally, students complete exercises following each story to develop basic reading skills as well as build pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary proficiency.


  • MP3 audio recordings of each story are available free at www.pearsonelt.com/truestories.


  • An expanded To the Teacher section gives additional teacher support with step-by-step phonics lessons, plus strategies for making the readings more interactive.


The True Stories series includes:


True Stories Behind the Songs

More True Stories Behind the Songs

Very Easy True Stories

All New Very Easy True Stories

Easy True Stories, Second Edition

All New Easy True Stories

True Stories in the News, Third Edition

More True Stories, Third Edition

Even More True Stories, Third Edition

Beyond True Stories


Table of Contents

  1. The Big TVs
  2. The Man in the Blue Car
  3. Larry’s Favorite Shirt
  4. A Problem with Monkeys
  5. Looking for Love
  6. A Tricky Situation
  7. Two Happy Men
  8. Alone for 43 Years
  9. The Kind Waitress
  10. The Gift
  11. The Power of Love
  12. No More Housework!
  13. An Accidental Success
  14. Anna’s Choice
  15. The Escape from Cuba
  16. The Twins and the Truth
  17. Family for Rent
  18. Quality Control
  19. The Cheap Apartment
  20. Something in Return

To the Teacher

Answer Key


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